RS: The bye week came at an opportune time. It does look like both Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff will play. That's a very positive development for the defense. Spencer, who missed the loss to the Bears with a strained pectoral muscle, leads the team in quarterback pressures with nine despite the fact he has played in only three games. Ratliff, meanwhile, is a four-time Pro Bowler who did not play in the first four games after suffering a high-ankle sprain Aug. 25. When he has been on the field, he has made a major impact. He often occupies multiple blockers, freeing up other defenders to make plays. He should provide inside linebackers Bruce Carter and Sean Lee with more opportunities.